Quality Ingredients Matter If you ask me, the quality of ingredients really matters when making a great summer basil pesto. Why? Because each ingredient contributes to the flavor you experience when you roll it around in your mouth and over your tongue. Let's look one-by-one at the ingredients in a super tasty basil pesto made in the summertime. If you need a recipe, here's my recipe for summer basil pesto. Fresh Basil: The very best basil for pesto is what you grow yourself. It's really fun to grow fresh herbs - and easy, too. Basically, you need to find a sunny spot in your … [Read more...] about Summer Basil Pesto – It’s All About the Ingredients!
A Dessert that's Perfect for Everyone When I first made and tasted this recipe, I thought it was chocolate-y, moist and not too sweet. For me it was a perfect dessert, but I needed other opinions to help me decide if it was a 'keeper' recipe - or not. So, I asked my grown-up son to try it. After going back for a second one, he commented that it was a perfect muffin for him. Great. Next, I shared a plate of cupcakes with my book co-author, Andrea, so that her family of 5 could do a tasting. All agreed that it was a great dessert. Yay. Then, my good friend, Tomomi, made a batch and asked her … [Read more...] about Chocolate and Banana Cupcake Recipe
How to Become a Vegetarian in 5 Easy Steps! There’s a lot of talk these days about plant-based eating. Some of it has to do with being environmentally aware, some of it relates to keeping your heart in good shape, and some of it is basically ‘on trend.’ Becoming a vegetarian is actually different than eating in a plant-based kind of way. The vegetarian lifestyle means completely meatless and 365 days a year. Become a Vegetarian in 5 Easy Steps Learn all you can. Vegetarian eating is not just taking meat/chicken/fish off your meal plate. It is planning for great flavors along with … [Read more...] about How to Become a Vegetarian in 5 Easy Steps!
Risks of Trying New Foods If you think about it, trying a new food is not really a high-risk behavior like quite a few others. What will happen if you try a new food and you don't like it? Well, you might experience a taste, smell and/or texture you don't normally like. Or, you might have to spit it out. Or, you might have to swallow it anyway if you're out to dinner. But, what if you try a new food and like it? This is when the benefits really kick in. Benefits of Trying New Foods ♦Expanding Nutritional Variety - This is a biggie for everyone because every time you expand the foods … [Read more...] about Trying New Foods has Benefits!
Brunch - A Little History The origin of brunch is not well understood. Some food historians think the meal began in England's hunt breakfasts—lavish multi-course meals featuring a smorgasbord of foods such as chicken livers, eggs, meats, bacon, fresh fruit and sweets. Others think Sunday brunch came from the days when Catholics fasted before mass and then feasted on a large midday meal. Within the restaurant world, brunch has become big business nowadays as it adds another dining occasion for families and friends. Father's Day Brunch There are so many foods that dads like - … [Read more...] about Father’s Day Brunch!
A Healthy Salad for Spring is Colorful! Have you noticed that you eat with your eyes? For me, that's really true and especially for salads. Colors make me want to dig in right away. Also, if you're trying to get your kids interested in eating more salad veggies, count on colors to get their attention for better nutrition. A Healthy Salad for Spring is Textured! Do you like crunchy textures in food? Do you like soft textures? There is something delicious about combining these 2 in a healthy salad for spring. The edamame, or soy beans, are soft and the roasted, unsalted almonds are … [Read more...] about A Healthy Salad for Spring!